Obama: We’re ‘Ending Combat Mission in Afghanistan’–But 9,800 Troops Will Remain There to Combat al-Qaeda

Obama And The Military

In a pair of statements made on Christmas Day and Dec. 28, President Obama said that the U.S. is “ending our combat mission in Afghanistan” but that U.S. forces will remain there “to conduct counterterrorism operations” against what he called the “remnants of al Qaeda.”

The president also said of Afghanistan on Christmas Day: “It’s not going to be a source of terrorist attacks again.”

Three years ago, on Dec. 14, 2011, President Obama traveled to Fort Bragg in North Carolina to announce that he was removing the last U.S. troops from Iraq and that the U.S. was “leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government.”

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